Dhanush shows why he is loved in the South, despite his un-extraordinary looks. Voice dubbing could have been better though. Good acting as well by Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.
Movie induces great sadness. Very realistic, lacking the usual Bollywood nonsense, as twists and shit happens all the time in life.
The love between Kundan and Zoya was just odd and weird. When she "confesses" before he "meets his fate", you are still not sure if she means it or not. I didn't fully understand Zoya's character and her way of thinking, because she seemed the rational thinker but then falls in love with a guy who is a Sikh and uses Kundan. So she sort of deserved what he did. I also didn't quite understand how quickly the Sikh guy died. It seemed so odd and then the whole political party thing and Kundan being the tea boy was even more bizarre. This is why I disliked the second half of the movie.
The ending was horrible and cliche with the rebirth thing.
Just an average movie and not worth the hype!
The first half is amazing. There was never a point in the first half where the story is slow moving. Although in the second half, Raanjhanaa starts to focus on politics which slowed down the entire movie.
It seems that the director intended to recreate the magic of the classic 1942 - A Love Story in modern day setting i.e. pure, innocent love amidst the backdrop of political turmoil. Instead he created pure innocent love and political turmoil. Reasons - a) because he could not handle both the sensibilities together, and b) Sonam is not Manisha, who when well directed, can throw in myriad expressions together to depict the internal turmoil of the character.
First half of the movie is fresh in its approach and keeps you entertained. Sonam looks beautiful in every frame. But she direly needs to get out of her 'Saawariya' mindset. Yesteryears' actresses mould does not work for the modern day complex characters. Her acting ranges from being good to confused to ordinary. Abhay has a magnetic screen presence. You expect him to do a lot more than he is given the chance to do in the movie. But the surprise package is Dhanush. You would never expect this lanky man from south to act and emote so well in every scene that he has been given to act. Best thing about him is that he neither tries to steal away other actor's scenes nor he tries to display the star in him over the character that he is playing. Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, his two friends in the movie have also acted very well. Except for the voice, you simply cannot realize that Swara is the same lady who played Kangana's robust elder sister in 'Tanu Weds Manu'. Kumud and Shilpi have also done justice to their roles. Some of the dialogues mouthed by Dhanush and his friends do make the required impact. They have their own vernacular charm. Music is composed by the legendary A. R. Rahman, so it is undoubtedly good.